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Thread: Did Tandy clone the 1000 series to other companies to resell?

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    Default Did Tandy clone the 1000 series to other companies to resell?

    Wondering Tandy ever OEMed the 1000 series. This Panasonic looks suspiciously identical to a Tandy TL.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F183648899393

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpiguy2 View Post
    Wondering Tandy ever OEMed the 1000 series. This Panasonic looks suspiciously identical to a Tandy TL.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F183648899393
    More likely the other way around.
    Dwight

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    They must have. It is very close.

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    There is a lot of cross-over with Panasonic. The 1100FD was identical to the Panasonic Business Partner (original laptop).

    The Model 100 was a derivative of a Kyocera design (shared with NEC and Epson).

    DEC rebadged the low-profile Tandy 2500 designs as DECstation 386sx, etc.

    http://i.imgur.com/yKN0n2g.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Elvey View Post
    More likely the other way around.
    Dwight
    Tandy had large production facilities in the US and produced PCs as an OEM for DEC and others, but they were 386 machines.

    I’ve never seen a clone of the lower 1000 series before. Later on they started rebadging imports from the Far East like everyone else, but not the 1000 series.

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    I distinctly recall having a Panasonic 386 machine at one point that looked a lot like the later Tandy 1000s. I cannot remember the model name and have never been able to find it on ebay. It was the first VGA machine we had for an extended period.

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    Microsoft put out a tech note pointing out that Panasonic Business Partner machines are Tandy models. https://jeffpar.github.io/kbarchive/kb/057/Q57569/

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    Here we go.. just popped up on my ebay feed:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-B...frcectupt=true

    That is what I had (minus the 5.25" drive). The case is slightly different but everything is placed the same. Even the power button. Case closed.

    Don't know why they are so rare. This was the successor to our 5170. I don't know how but somehow I ended up with it. I traded it to a computer store that allowed trades and got something else... I think a 486-33 board and CPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    Here we go.. just popped up on my ebay feed:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-B...frcectupt=true

    That is what I had (minus the 5.25" drive). The case is slightly different but everything is placed the same. Even the power button. Case closed.

    Don't know why they are so rare. This was the successor to our 5170. I don't know how but somehow I ended up with it. I traded it to a computer store that allowed trades and got something else... I think a 486-33 board and CPU.
    I linked to that listing in the opening comment in this thread, lol.

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    Doh!!!

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